Little Rock Homicides Up, With Questions But Few Answers

Aug 9, 2017

Little Rock Police at a recent crime scene.
Credit KATV, Channel 7 News

Community activists in Little Rock are urging witnesses to step forward to help solve the latest killing in Arkansas' capital city, where the homicide rate is inching toward a level unseen in two decades.

Fifty-year-old Daniel Dewayne Lewis died in a home-invasion robbery early Sunday. Lewis often volunteered to help his neighbors and local school children.

It was the 39th homicide in Little Rock this year, pushing the city closer to a mark not seen since its gang wars of the early 1990s. City Director Ken Richardson said Tuesday that too many people accept a high homicide rate as "normal activity" when it should be considered an aberration.